Just before leaving Tea Gardens, we thought we should have our lunch prior to the long drive back. After talking to a few locals, we found out that one of the must-try places in Tea Gardens is Tea Gardens Boatshed restaurant/cafe. Situated along the beautiful Marine Drive, this restaurant offers spectacular views of the sea during the day, and is romantically lit during the night. It is also right above the waters, making one feel as if one is in a floating restaurant. Since it was a last minute decision, we just walked in without any reservations. And boy, was it packed! There were no more empty tables, and the ones by the waters were fully reserved as well. The waitress told us that we had to wait for at least 45 minutes to get a table by the water. Since we were already set on dining there, we decided to wait by taking a walk along the pier.
What a pretty assembly
Walk along the pier
Coffee and chips while waiting for our table
With so much time to kill and 2 growling stomachs, we decided to get some takeaway chips and coffee to snack on. The chips were surprisingly good! Thick, crispy and dense, from the nearby fish and chips store on the same street. Pretty soon, it was time and sure enough, we were given our table as promised, just by the waters. The good thing about sitting there was the gorgeous view, but the downside was the super bright and hot sun shining down on us the whole time! Thankfully we had our sunnies with us, so it wasn’t too bad.
Cabernet Merlot AUD$6.60
Saucer placed an order for the Boatshed Caesar Salad, deciding to be healthy on that afternoon. It was a wholesome salad consisting of slices of smoked salmon, succulent king prawns, streaky bacon, soft yolk egg, baby cos lettuce, white anchovy, crostini and crispy shaved parmesan. Even though it was just a salad, it was fulfilling and very yummy. The combination of seafood and greens was a nice change to the typical chicken salad that most other restaurants offer. Also, since it was a warm afternoon, the cold seafood and crunchy greens provided a refreshing touch!
Boatshed Caesar Salad AUD$20.80
Saucer and his salad
As for me, I opted for the Market Fish Fillet which came with roasted kipfler potatoes, baby spinach, black olive tapenade, truffled baby caper and drizzled with balsamic vinaigrette. It was definitely an interesting dish with a unique presentation, somewhat like a mini tower. It was my first time tasting the tapenade and I really liked it! It had a strong savory and slightly sour taste, much like concentrated olives in a puree form, and it went really well with the fish. What a smart way to pair it with! Even though the size of the dish didn’t look too big, it was surprisingly very filling. The fish was flaky and fresh, while the potatoes were roasted perfectly. It was indeed a well-balanced and delicious lunch.
Market Fish Fillet AUD$27.90
Table by the waters
Enjoying the view
Throughout our lunch, we were accompanied with pelicans swimming in the water next to us. Apparently, they were really just waiting for us to throw crumbs to them. Such a funny sight. We were glad that we waited the 45 minutes to get a table here, because it was well worth the wait. We ended up leaving the restaurant satiated and happy, fueled for our 3-hour drive home.
The hungry pelican
Lunching at the Boatshed
Tea Gardens Boatshed
110 Marine Dr
Tea Gardens NSW 2324
Tel No.: (02) 4997 0307
Business Hours: Daily 8.30am – 4pm, 6pm – 8pm